Fan Fund Delegates

As the Australian National Science Fiction, this year Continuum will be hosting delegates from 3 different fan funds.
The fan fund races were recently run and won and we are pleased to announce the winners who will be joining us in June:


Juanita Coulson – a zine editor, fan artist, writer, and musician. She is best known for her science fiction fanzine Yandro, which won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1965. Juanita is also a pioneer Star Trek fan when in 1968 she co-edited ST-Phile, the second Star Trek fanzine ever published, appearing while the original television series was first being broadcast.


Matthew Lindus – an active member of the Perth SF community since moving there in 1998, he is a computer programmer, gamer of all sorts, and a science fiction and fantasy fan. Matthew has served in various positions on both Ghengiscon and Swancon committees and is passionate about improving accessibilty for people with mobility issues at conventions.


Dan Rabarts – involved in the local NZ and Australian speculative fiction fan and writing community over the past several years, Dan has served two terms on the SpecFicNZ committee, and earned several SJV nominations over the past five years. He looks forward to sharing what going on in New Zealand fandom and returning home inspired by Australian fandom’s energy.

We hope you take the opportunity during the con to welcome and have a chat with these fabulous fans!


Jack Dann Writing Workshop

Continuum is proud to announce our new workshop:

What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction:
A No-nonsense Workshop with Jack Dann

Believe it or not, there is a secret to writing professional fiction; and it involves learning a bit of ancient cartography. (cartis = map and graph = write.)

This 2½ hour intensive with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann is a results-oriented workshop that can change the way you approach the craft of writing. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of speculative fiction with a writer of international renown.

This workshop will cover how to overcome the three(+) basic hurdles to writing saleable fiction It will also cover technical and thematic aspects of historical and fantastic fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magical realism. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about writing in the various genres (and the history of the genres); the essentials of writing cutting edge fiction and the nature of creativity; the workings of the Australian, British and American markets; the new e-commerce paradigms; how to get an agent (if necessary) and how to submit a manuscript. But most importantly, participants will learn how to overcome the basic mistakes that frustrate the inexperienced writer. They will also discover “the writer’s best friends”!

All participants will be given handouts of “The Keys to the Kingdom”, which Jack wrote for Writers Digest, an updated “Books For Writers: An Essential List”, and a fistful of other “essential” material that Jack has found helpful for writers.

This workshop will run for 2.5 hours on Sunday 8th June from 9:30am to 12pm, and will incur an additional cost of $70pp. Payment in advance is a must! To sign up, please email us at by Fri 23rd May.
Priority will be given to Continuum members.

If you’re wondering what you’re in for, here’s Jack’s tips for short story writing from the Queensland Writers Centre.

Sign Ups Galore!

Continuum X: Last Chance to Sign Up for Workshops & Signings!

With less than a month to go until Continuum, our fledgeling program is looking very exciting indeed! If you are a panellist, you should have just received/shortly be receiving an email with your scheduled times, so keep an eye out. Meanwhile, sign-ups for several events are closing soon, so check them out or be prepared to miss out!

Jack Dann Writing Workshop

Continuum is proud to announce our new workshop, What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction: A No-nonsense Workshop with Jack Dann. This workshop will run for 2.5 hours on Sunday 8th June, at $70pp. Payment in advance a must! To sign up, please email us at by Fri 30th May.

Digital Zine Workshop

Sign-ups are now open for the workshop How to Make a Digital Zine, by the creators of Dark Matter Zine. To sign up for this workshop and have your say in what directions you would like it to run, please email us at by Fri 23rd May at the very latest to register your interest.

Stage Combat Workshop Alteration

We are very sad to announce that, due to circumstances beyond our control, Tom the fight choreographer has had to withdraw from our program. However! You can still come along on Friday night to try your hand at foam swords and knives with Jean-Paul (martial artist) and Lisa (fencer). No bookings necessary!

Signing Sessions

Continuum will be holding two signing sessions across the con weekend – one on Saturday and one Sunday. if you are an author, artist or other creator and would like the opportunity to sign copies of your work, please email us at by Fri 23rd May at the very latest to register your interest.

Norma K. Hemming Award 2014 Short List

Presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF),  the Norma K. Hemming Award marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in the form of science fiction and fantasy or related artwork or media by an Australian.

The Short List is:
A Very Unusual Pursuit – City of Orphans by Catherine Jinks (Allen & Unwin)
Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott (Twelfth Planet Press)
Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan (HarperVoyager)
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House)
Rupetta by N. A. Sulway (Tartarus Press (UK))
Trucksong by Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet Press)

Congratulations to those who made the list!
The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 8th June at Continuum X: Carnival of Lost Souls, the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention.

Accommodation Update

We’ve been made aware some people may have had trouble getting the con rate or booking their hotel room. We can confirm the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto still has rooms available at the con rate of $265/night. There are also con rates availalable at the nearby Crowne Plaza Melbourne and Holiday Inn On Flinders Lane.

If you’ve had any issues please let us know at or see our Venue page for full accomodation booking details.

For those seeking an alternative Oaks on Collins is just across the road, but they are not associated with the convention.

Ditmar voting now open!

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Ditmar Awards Ballot. The Ditmar Awards honour excellence in Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror in the preceding year.

Voting is now open and will remain open until one minute before midnight AEST (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+10), Wednesday, 28th of May, 2014.

Votes will be accepted via email to:

However, if possible, please vote online at:

The 2014 ballot is as follows:

Best Novel
* Ink Black Magic, Tansy Rayner Roberts (FableCroft Publishing)
* Fragments of a Broken Land: Valarl Undead, Robert Hood (Wildside Press)
* The Beckoning, Paul Collins (Damnation Books)
* Trucksong, Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet Press)
* The Only Game in the Galaxy (The Maximus Black Files 3), Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)

Best Novella or Novelette
* “Prickle Moon”, Juliet Marillier, in Prickle Moon (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “The Year of Ancient Ghosts”, Kim Wilkins, in The Year of Ancient Ghosts (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “By Bone-Light”, Juliet Marillier, in Prickle Moon (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “The Home for Broken Dolls”, Kirstyn McDermott, in Caution: Contains Small Parts (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “What Amanda Wants”, Kirstyn McDermott, in Caution: Contains Small Parts (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story
* “Mah Song”, Joanne Anderton, in The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (FableCroft Publishing)
* “Air, Water and the Grove”, Kaaron Warren, in The Lowest Heaven (Jurassic London)
* “Seven Days in Paris”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Asymmetry (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “Scarp”, Cat Sparks, in The Bride Price (Ticonderoga Publications)
* Not the Worst of Sins, Alan Baxter, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies 133 (Firkin Press)
* “Cold White Daughter”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in One Small Step (FableCroft Publishing)

Best Collected Work
* The Back of the Back of Beyond, Edwina Harvey, edited by Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
* Asymmetry, Thoraiya Dyer, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Caution: Contains Small Parts, Kirstyn McDermott, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, Joanne Anderton, edited by Tehani Wesseley (FableCroft Publishing)
* The Bride Price, Cat Sparks, edited by Russell B. Farr (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Artwork
* Cover art, Eleanor Clarke, for The Back of the Back of Beyond by Edwina Harvey (Peggy Bright Books)
* Illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, for Eclipse Online (Nightshade Books)
* Cover art, Shauna O’Meara, for Next edited by Simon Petrie and Rob Porteous (CSFG Publishing)
* Cover art, Cat Sparks, for The Bride Price by Cat Sparks (Ticonderoga Publications)
* Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
* Cover art, Pia Ravenari, for Prickle Moon by Juliet Marillier (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Fan Writer
* Tsana Dolichva, for body of work, including reviews and interviews in Tsana’s Reads and Reviews
* Sean Wright, for body of work, including reviews in Adventures of a Bookonaut
* Grant Watson, for body of work, including reviews in The Angriest
* Foz Meadows, for body of work, including reviews in Shattersnipe: Malcontent & Rainbows
* Alexandra Pierce, for body of work, including reviews in Randomly Yours, Alex
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work, including essays and reviews at

Best Fan Artist
* Nalini Haynes, for body of work, including “Defender of the Faith”, “The Suck Fairy“, “Doctor Who vampire” and “The Last Cyberman” in Dark Matter
* Kathleen Jennings, for body of work, including “Illustration Friday
* Dick Jenssen, for body of work, including cover art for Interstellar Ramjet Scoop and SF Commentary

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
* Dark Matter Zine, Nalini Haynes
* SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie
* The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
* Galactic Chat Podcast, Sean Wright, Alex Pierce, Helen Stubbs, David McDonald, and Mark Webb
* The Coode Street Podcast, Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
* Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best New Talent
* Michelle Goldsmith
* Zena Shapter
* Faith Mudge
* Jo Spurrier
* Stacey Larner

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
* Reviews in Randomly Yours, Alex, Alexandra Pierce
* “Things Invisible: Human and Ab-Human in Two of Hodgson’s Carnacki stories”, Leigh Blackmore, in Sargasso: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies #1 edited by Sam Gafford (Ulthar Press)
* Galactic Suburbia Episode 87: Saga Spoilerific Book Club, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
* The Reviewing New Who series, David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely
* A Puppet’s Parody of Joy: Dolls, Puppets and Mannikins as Diabolical Other, Leigh Blackmore, in Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Master of Modern Horror edited by Gary William Crawford (Scarecrow Press)
* “That was then, this is now: how my perceptions have changed“, George Ivanoff, in Doctor Who and Race edited by Lindy Orthia (Intellect Books)

The official ballot paper, including postal address information, will be made available shortly, and may be downloaded as a PDF format file from:

Postal ballots will be distributed in the near future.

Don’t forget Chronos voting is also open! For more information please visit the Awards page on our website.


Thanks to the amazingly talented Kathleen Jennings we have not 1 but 3 gorgeous tshirt designs this year! They’re available for you to purchase right now at our Redbubble store. We’re not sure if they’ll be available at the con so order yours now. Which will you choose?

Here’s a sneak peek of one of them